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Talking Culture Podcast, Ep. 6: “Notes from a Grown Up Country"

In the summer of 2020, British author and broadcaster John Kampfner released a new book with a provocative title... Why the Germans Do it Better: Notes from a Grown-Up Country.  In this episode, we share his 2019 Brady Lecture with the same title: Why the Germans Do it Better. And yes, the title made us a bit uncomfortable too. But don’t worry; this isn’t an episode about one nation being superior to any others; it’s about what democratic countries in the West can learn from a unified Germany that they helped to create. More information...

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Onleihe: The digital library

Our digital library Onleihe offers access to more than 20,000 German-language media such as e-books, audio books and music, newspapers, magazines and films, free of charge. 

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Open Calls

A selection of international and national open calls and opportunities for artists, writers and curators.

Mazen Kerbaj Portrait


Mazen Kerbaj interviews the experimental musician and filmmaker... Mazen Kerbaj - and succeeds in delivering, on top of his movie about Mazen Kerbaj, by Mazen Kerbaj, an amusing self-portrait.

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Translation funding

Our translation funding programme for publishers supports the publication of translated books by German authors.

Camera © Goethe-Institut e.V. / Bernhard Ludewig

Film archive

Our films can be rented for non-commercial screenings by cinematheques, film clubs, film festivals, and other cultural and educational institutions.

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